37 days in China Itinerary

37 days in China Itinerary

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Hong Kong
— 4 nights
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Guangzhou
— 1 night
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Lijiang
— 2 nights
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Emeishan
— 2 nights
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Chengdu
— 1 night
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Xi'an
— 3 nights
Fly to Beijing Capital, Bus to Gubeikou Station
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Luanping County
— 1 night
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Beijing
— 5 nights
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Huangshan
— 2 nights
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Hangzhou
— 2 nights
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Suzhou
— 2 nights
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Shanghai
— 5 nights
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Quanzhou
— 3 nights
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Xiamen
— 3 nights
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Hong Kong

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 27th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), head off the coast to Lantau island, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and walk around Nan Lian Garden.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hong Kong trip maker.

Melbourne, Australia to Hong Kong is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Hong Kong Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in November; daily highs in Hong Kong reach 30°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:

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Guangzhou

A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum, step off the mainland to explore Shamian Island, and then make a trip to Canton Tower.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Guangzhou tour itinerary tool.

Getting from Hong Kong to Guangzhou by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hong Kong in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Guangzhou, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 29 — 30:

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Lijiang

Suzhou on the Plateau

The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Three Parallel Rivers National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park, and then visit Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Lijiang online route planner.

You can fly from Guangzhou to Lijiang in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Guangzhou in November: high temperatures in Lijiang hover around 1°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:

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Emeishan

A city forever linked with the mountain of the same name, Emeishan sits next to one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China, now a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): snap pictures at Leshan Bridge, appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wuyou Temple. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Baoguo Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Emei Mountain, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wannian Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Emeishan trip planner.

You can fly from Lijiang to Emeishan in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chengdu.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:

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Chengdu

Hibiscus City

The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), then walk around Beihu Park, and finally get outside with Kungfu Family.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Chengdu trip planner.

You can drive from Emeishan to Chengdu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Chengdu sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:

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Xi'an

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 7th (Mon) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), delve into the distant past at Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an, and make a trip to Muslim Quarter.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Xi'an trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Chengdu to Xi'an in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Xi'an is little chillier than Chengdu - with highs of 8°C and lows of -5°C. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Luanping County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:

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Luanping County

Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): see Jinshanling Great Wall.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Luanping County road trip planning tool.

Getting from Xi'an to Luanping County by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Beijing.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

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Beijing

As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Spend the 14th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Mutianyu Great Wall, catch a live event at Olympic Park, see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, and stop by Nanluoguxiang.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Luanping County to Beijing takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Huangshan.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:

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Huangshan

Named after the "Yellow Mountains" with which the region has long been associated, Huangshan offers access to UNESCO-listed sites both natural and man-made.
On the 15th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Former Residence of Cheng Dawei, admire the landmark architecture of Xuguo Stone Arch, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Huangshan Nanqiao Building. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Xihai Great Canyon and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Huangshan itinerary maker site.

Fly from Beijing to Huangshan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

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Hangzhou

Paradise on Earth

Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
On the 17th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baopu Taoist Temple, take in the pleasant sights at West Lake (Xi Hu), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hangzhou Baocheng Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Xiangji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lingyin Temple, then see the interesting displays at Huqingyu Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Former residence of Xueyan Hu.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hangzhou route planner.

Drive from Huangshan to Hangzhou in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Suzhou.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

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Suzhou

Venice of the East

One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street, then see the interesting displays at Suzhou Museum, then stroll around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, and finally admire the natural beauty at Master-of-Nets Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Tongli Town, then steep yourself in history at Luzhi Town, and then steep yourself in history at Jinxi Ancient Town.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Suzhou holiday website.

Traveling by car from Hangzhou to Suzhou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

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Shanghai

Pearl of the Orient

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), take some stellar pictures from Jin Mao Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan).

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Shanghai trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Suzhou to Shanghai by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Quanzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:

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Quanzhou

A rich maritime history has left Quanzhou with its distinctive look and feel.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quanzhou: Chongwu Ancient Town (in Hui'an County) and Quanzhou Longshan Temple (in Jinjiang). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Quanzhou Maritime Museum, contemplate the long history of Quanzhou Hermitage, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujian Quanzhou Chengtian Temple, and don't miss a visit to WenLing MeiShiJie.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Quanzhou trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from Shanghai to Quanzhou in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Xiamen.

Things to do in Quanzhou

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

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Xiamen

Garden Island

Known for centuries as a gateway to China, the port city of Xiamen has become a destination in itself, first to domestic visitors and now to a growing number of people from across the world.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Yuyuan Garden, then examine the collection at Huaijiu Gulangyu Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Gulangyu, and finally admire the masterpieces at Oriental Fish Bone Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): examine the collection at Overseas Chinese Museum, then browse the eclectic array of goods at The eighth seafood Market, then see the interesting displays at XiaMen SheYing GuangChang, and finally walk around Xianyue Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Xiamen sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Quanzhou to Xiamen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Xiamen

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

China travel guide

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Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.